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04-17-2010, 07:33 PM
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I don't know how I feel about Artem and Aasen being penciled in on the second line. There's no reason, aside from pure optimism, we should expect them to put up 60 points this season.

Callahan, Avery, Drury, Christensen, Anisimov, Aasen are all third line guys this season. Not saying none of them can become top-6 guys in the future, but planning the off-season with any of them in the top six is bad management.

I think the team is in an interesting situation here. Anisimov and Aasen have 2nd line potential, but I don't think they'll be ready for that this year.

With the log jam on the third line, I'd ideally drop Avery, Drury, and Redden and get some top 6 talent. Then re-sign Christensen to something cheap and see what he can do on the second line as stop-gap before Anisimov is ready for the job.

Roster would look something like this:

Prospal - [UFA] - Gaborik
Dubinsky - Christensen - [UFA]
Callahan - Anisimov - Aasen
Prust - [UFA] - Shelley

Staal - Girardi
MDZ - Rozsival
Sang/McD - [UFA]

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